Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Your Elephant Repellent Is Inferior, Comrade Warren

"Hey, mister, you better buy a bottle of my Elephant Repellent. If you don't buy it, the elephants will come into the neighborhood and trample you! My proof that this stuff really works is that there are no elephants around here." 
For "Elephant Repellent" substitute the word "government" and for "elephants" substitute the word "crime" or "Russians" or "poverty" or "chaos" or anything else the government claims to prevent. 
Nothing the government claims to prevent cannot be prevented in a more humane, just, and economical manner by free associations of individual people. 

In answer to Comrade Elizabeth Warren:

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own, nobody. You built a factory out there, good for you. But I want to be clear, you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for."

Potholed, congested roads. I'd have gotten better and cheaper roads by paying for them through the free market.

"You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate."

You mean, those functional illiterates government-run schools turn out?

"You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory and hire someone to protect against this because of the work the rest of us did."

Would have gotten much better service at a much a lower price from private security guards and firefighters.

Any service the government pretends to provide can be provided cheaper, better, and more humanely by the free market.

The first complaints I'd file with my security guards would be about those marauding bands that call themselves IRS, ATF, EPA, and DEA, BTW.

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